Functional Creative Design Founder – Sarah A. Abdallah is this week’s guest.
As a polymath, innovator, and founder of New York-based bespoke Architecture & Design Studio – Functional Creative Design, we deep dive into Sarah’s journey prior to starting her design studio Functional Creative Design, working with Rockwell Group, Tony Chi & Associates, Perkins and Eastman, and Grand Hotels, and her vision and focus which led her to start her studio.
Sarah describes her desire to add an additional layer to design and space planning. She discusses the importance of listening, fusing all input, using her functional skills and knowledge base, to meet a client’s vision.
We discuss sustainability in the industry, the need to take a 360 view, the impact of Covid, and the battle that many firms have to stay in business.
Sarah explains her principles underpinning Functional Creative Design, how design will change in a post-Covid world, the power and value of our connectivity, how intimacy can be created through technology, physical spaces that incorporate the outdoors indoors, and the need to deliver improved accessibility and social justice, across all socio-economic groups.
Anyone considering leaving their corporate job, Sarah’s story will provide inspiration of what is possible when you reimagine and add value to a category.
In Part One we explore Sarah’s experience of being born a bi-racial child to Egyptian immigrant parents, growing up in New York, with two younger siblings and Immersed in a culture that nurtured her natural curiosity. Her parents instilled in her the foundational values of human kindness, the importance of education, and a respect and understanding of other faiths that helped her develop an appreciation and love of the environment, a deep spirituality, to question conventional wisdom, and reject parental pressures to conform.
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